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Old 12-28-2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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The best single piece of advice you ever got....

about how to eat.... and pass along. There has been so many. If I had to pick just one, I would say it was reading Gary Taubes' 1rst book.

What would you say?
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:35 PM   #2
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Plan plan plan. I have found that as long as I plan my meals weekly I do not stray and always have something to eat on plan.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:29 AM   #3
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I read what I think is Gary Taubes second book, Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It, it is a "simpled down" version of his first book. I recommend it.

Plan, plan, plan is at the top of the list too. I live alone and also work. I cook ahead like crazy and always have something I can heat up in the microwave. I've spent a lot of time trying to duplicate McD's Egg McMuffins. I've come close enough to be able to freeze batches of them so I can grab one on the way out the door in the morning to reheat at work. Of course to do it properly I forced myself to learn how to cook or reheat food gently on lower power levels in my microwave . . . not just full power "blast".This particular practice came from a frugal way of living I've been on for several years. Last week I stopped in the McDonald's in our local WalMart for 2 egg McMuffins, tossing the buns, and a cup of coffee, it cost me $8.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:37 AM   #4
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Sounds cheesy, but I'd say NEVER GIVE UP. You make a mistake, jump back on. You get off track for a month, get back on!!! It's a lifetime of learning about you and how you need to eat for your body (what3ever that may be), but you'll never find out what you are capable of if you don't try.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:05 AM   #5
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3fat cats,
I do not find it cheesy. We all at some point gave up. I know for myself it was the death of my mom. I didn't have someone to encourage me and tell me to not give up. My husband was busy trying to raise our two children and keep the house going. This time around though he has been a huge encouragement to me. We recently added a wedding and of course it was bbq with baked beans, Mac n cheese and rolls. I freaked out because there was nothing I could eat. The meat was drenched in sauce. He said to me don't worry we can stop on the way hone and get you something. He encouragess me to get on the treadmill even when I do not feel like it. I wish I had had your advice my first time around I might not have had to restart.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:26 AM   #6
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From WW days: journal everything that I eat ("You bite it, you write it.") and drink a lot of water.

Journaling keeps me completely aware of the nutritional realities of what I am choosing to put in my mouth. Otherwise I can mindlessly indulge in easily available "carbage."

Good water is powerful and delicious.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:37 AM   #7
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something I've learned over the last couple of years is to be nice to myself if I go off track for a meal. That way, I don't feel guilty about it and can get right back on the wagon.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #8
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All great bits of advice. I would say that the planning was key for me as well. I continue to do so to this day. Part of it is because I look forward to my food choices.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:04 PM   #9
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Reading the first and second Wheatbelly books 15 months ago SCARRRRRED me straight!! I am too OLD to be negligent of my health. Also, Fast 5 has made a HUGE improvement over the last 15 months! Yay! I eat between noon and 5.
Ticks me off that I had to get to 68 years old to learn these lessons!!! What a waste of time!!!
Cheating at my age will not bless me. And NOTHING tastes as good as it looks!!!! Ever!!!
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:44 PM   #10
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I would say its "forget everything weight watchers taught you". I did lose weight on it, but as my "points" went down, I found I had to eat so much processed food , for it to be low fat, and to get full it was crazy!
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:16 PM   #11
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about how to eat.... and pass along. There has been so many. If I had to pick just one, I would say it was reading Gary Taubes' 1rst book.

What would you say?
Eat clean and don't get caught up on low-carb pre-packaged "alternatives" which are pretty much just processed foods.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:54 PM   #12
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Old 12-29-2015, 11:10 PM   #13
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My doctor saved my life in 2004 (I used to say 2005 but they have records of my visit I saw on screen.

He explained I needed to eat low carb or I would never lose the weight. He told me the carbohydrates just cause an endless cycle of blood sugar spikes, insulin releases, blood sugar crashes, which results in hunger...not my fault.

Wow. Not my fault. It seemed like he was the only person in the world that did not blame me.

Of course I listened and his words saw me through years of slow weight loss (avg 1/2 pound per week, which looks like nothing week to week). I stuck with it for years to lose 15-20 pounds per year. Never give up.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:30 AM   #14
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The companion to "never give up" for me is "don't be all or nothing" meaning that I get right back on track after off plan eating and I allow myself flexibility.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:49 PM   #15
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Don't panic over temporary stalls or gains.

The last link in my signature points to TaDa!'s full year daily weight chart. There are occasional stalls and gains, but the overall trend of the full year is down. You can gain weight in the short term just by having more salt on a given day than your "usual". It is where you panic and change plans often that problems can arise.

Be patient.

You didn't gain it all in a month, expecting it to go away in a month is unrealistic. Even the diet pills that claim "Super Fast Amazing Weight Loss!!1!" will come with a disclaimer (in teeny tiny print) that too fast weight loss can be unhealthy.

Be persistent.

If you fall off the wagon it is much easier to jump right back on than to chase the wagon because you've let it get a mile down the road.

YMMV.

Be aware that the exact thing that works for one person may not work for you. But when you do make changes, change one thing only and give it time to see what effect it has. If you change several things at the same time, you might not be able to determine which thing actually had the positive (or negative) effect.
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:25 PM   #16
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Be happy NOW, don't think "I will be happy when..."

Buy new clothes NOW, look your best NOW, do things you've been wanting to do NOW. Celebrate each success, savor each time you whoosh, compliment, or the need for smaller clothes!

Even celebrate your stalls! Do you think trees die in the fall when they no longer have leaves? No - they are very much alive, making the changes they need to make, unobservable to the outside world, that are necessary to bloom again when Spring comes. This is the nature of things, do you think you are smarter than nature, or God? Then celebrate the stall for its function in your journey on, not toward, a path of healthful life.

Being happy in the present is key, especially for us (I dare say most of us) that struggle the most when we are not particularly happy!

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Old 12-31-2015, 07:17 AM   #17
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:55 AM   #18
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Emphasize your efforts and detach from the results.

This concept allows me to enjoy a healthy day on plan as a day at my goal. If my behaviors (my efforts) are on plan, I do not need to be attached to the scale (the results) to celebrate success.

"By detachment I mean that you must not worry whether the desired result follows from your action or not, so long as your motive is pure, your means correct." - Gandhi

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Old 12-31-2015, 04:56 PM   #19
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Reading the first and second Wheatbelly books 15 months ago SCARRRRRED me straight!! I am too OLD to be negligent of my health. Also, Fast 5 has made a HUGE improvement over the last 15 months! Yay! I eat between noon and 5.
Ticks me off that I had to get to 68 years old to learn these lessons!!! What a waste of time!!!
Cheating at my age will not bless me. And NOTHING tastes as good as it looks!!!! Ever!!!
Interesting ...you only eat between noon and 5? Never heard of this...do you eat three meals or basically snacks?
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:33 AM   #21
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Emphasize your efforts and detach from the results.
Love this !

I'm going to write some of these pearls of wisdom on my fridge door so I see them every morning.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:37 AM   #22
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Two things : Keep it simple sweety and Jump straight back on the wagon.
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Jump straight back on the wagon.
If only I had heeded this before my monumental regain !

Loving these continuing words of wisdom.
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Plan plan plan. I have found that as long as I plan my meals weekly I do not stray and always have something to eat on plan.

THIS!!!
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One day at a time.
How are you doing? I hope your treatment went well and you well on your way to recovery.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:08 PM   #27
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How are you doing? I hope your treatment went well and you well on your way to recovery.
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Been quite the year. May to July i had extensive IV chemo sessions mixed with daily chemo pills which positively shrinked the cancer mass/tumor in my upper GI junction. This helped in preparation for surgery. August i had a Total Gastrectomy, Spleen removed and tail of the pancreas. Few months recovery then November and December i had 5 weeks aggressive radiation treatments which ended last week. Have new scans coming up but in general i am feeling great and been back to work full time since September.
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:36 PM   #28
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Kay9,

So glad to hear you're doing well. It sounds like a challenging odyssey but your positive attitude surely helped.

My best advice was to weigh regularly even if I didn't want to. Sometimes I really don't but if I start skipping it I know from experience it will get away from me. I don't think it has to be every day, although I do that. It can be weighing weekly or monthly, it can be measurements or testing a well-fitting pair of jeans. But something to keep track is essential.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:10 PM   #29
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Been quite the year. May to July i had extensive IV chemo sessions mixed with daily chemo pills which positively shrinked the cancer mass/tumor in my upper GI junction. This helped in preparation for surgery. August i had a Total Gastrectomy, Spleen removed and tail of the pancreas. Few months recovery then November and December i had 5 weeks aggressive radiation treatments which ended last week. Have new scans coming up but in general i am feeling great and been back to work full time since September.
I'm so sorry for all you had to endure, but so happy to hear that you are feeling great and doing well.

Eta: sorry to sidetrack the thread.
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